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Australian Yoga Journal February / March 2019

Australian Yoga Journal is dedicated to encouraging the beginner, as well as challenging the expert, in the physical and spiritual aspects of yoga. A beautiful magazine covering in-depth content on yoga, nutrition, fitness, wellness, travel and lifestyle.

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2 min.
what’s on

FEBRUARY Meghan Currie Aussie Workshops Sydney 8-10 February Brisbane 15-17 February Leading workshops worldwide, Meghan Currie’s classes are inspired by nature, deeply raw and intuitive. In her Australian workshops she will explore ‘The majesty of being.’ Through fluid movement, students can expect an internal process of unwinding with love, patience and acceptance. march Shiva Rea Australia Tour Sydney 4-15 March Remember that the famous Shiva Rea is back in Australia in March. The founder of Pranavinyasa is here for limited appearances, sharing her flowing, feminine practice that is loved by so many yogis globally. All details are now available at Reconnect Yoga Festival Riddells Creek VIC 9-11 March Just one hour from Melbourne you’ll discover 74 hectares of natural bushland, perfect for a yoga festival! You can camp or cabin whilst immersing yourself in yoga,…

3 min.
hindus protest manduka ganesh towels

Manduka’s recently released yoga towels have caused quite a stir amongst the Hindu community. The towels, priced from $43.50, feature images of Hindu deity Lord Ganesh, and have been unapologetically described as “highly inappropriate” and “insensitive.” You’ve likely seen similar designs at your studio – those quick dry towels with grippy backs that you place on top of your mat to prevent slipping during a sweaty practice. Perfect for catching your sweat, and so understandably a little insulting to the devotees who worship the deity in their temples and homes, never mishandling symbols of faith. Hindu statesman Rajan Zed explained that such trivialisation of a Hindu deity was disturbing to Hindus worldwide, suggesting that Manduka train their senior executives in religious and cultural sensitivity and withdraw the towels immediately. Manduka…

3 min.
benefits of yoga

Yoga for heart health Results of a new study in India say yoga can prolong life after a heart attack. According to the study, practicing certain asanas greatly improved the quality of life for patients and facilitated their return to daily activities. The research illustrated that yoga practice reduced death and lowered hospitalisation for participants of the trial. Professor Ambuj Roy, Professor of Cardiology at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has high hopes for the study, sharing his aspiration to encourage further research on yoga’s role in health. He says, “Yoga has gained immense popularity nationally and internationally as a tool for health promotion…However, modern day medicine demands evidence of benefit for interventions for its wider acceptance especially among the medical research community. This study is a step…

3 min.
new meaning for cobra pose with snake yoga - seriously

Nope – we’re not kidding. Goat Yoga is so 2018 and Snake Yoga has entered the astonishing world of yoga hybrids. The practice is making its debut in Vancouver in January 2019, so by the time you read this it will be in full swing. For just $60 a class, you too can enjoy the smooth serenity of a real-life cobra alongside your yoga practice (just kidding, it’s actually a boa constrictor). Burlesque dancer Tristan Risk incorporates snakes into her shows, and is now offering up her creepy companions to help students enjoy the slithery sensations. She says, “Snakes regard humans as kind of a warm meat treat. We’re something to hold onto…When we’re moving around, when we’re moving with a snake, a snake will adjust to the way that we’re…

8 min.
an integrative path

WEARING ONLY A MUSLIN, I lie on a hardwood table stained the colour of mahogany from years of oil massages. A warm breeze flutters a sun-bleached crimson sari mounted lengthwise on the wire-screen wall that separates the treatment room from the garden and coconut palms outside. Krishna Dasan, the Ayurvedic therapist working on me, glides an oily satchel filled with freshly cut leaves, garlic, and lemon in long strokes from my chest to my legs. Sometimes along the way, detecting a stubborn area of muscular tightness, he stops and rubs back and forth over the stuck area for a number of staccato strokes before resuming longer ones. When the bag cools, Krishna hands it to his assistant, Shashi, who puts it back in turmeric-infused oil bubbling on a single-burner gas flame…

3 min.
summer-fresh pastas

VEGAN Avocado Pesto Pasta SERVES 6 Avocado and tahini create a rich base for this creamy dish that’s packed with fibre. Ribbons of rock melon and cucumber make for fresh final touches. 300 grams whole-grain or chickpea pasta1 avocado3 tbsp tahini1 lemon, zest and juice1 tbsp olive oil½ tsp garlic salt¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper4 tomatoes, diced100 grams baby greens, such as rocket1/2 rock melon, cut into cubes or ribbons1 large cucumber, cut into ribbons¼ cup pine nuts¼ cup packed coriander leaves and stems Cook pasta as directed on package. In a food processor, blend avocado, tahini, zest, lemon juice, oil, garlic salt, black pepper, and ¼-cup cold water until smooth. In a bowl, toss pasta with avocado pesto and tomatoes. Arrange baby greens on a platter and top with pasta, rock melon, cucumber,…